And yet one more lie from John Clayton. This is the usual tactic of so many Christians, to try to scare people into believing. This is what I hate about some Christians, that they want to cause harm in the world for their benefit.
“It is interesting to read the responses of various groups to what we post on this site. Atheist reactions to our discussions about the futility of atheism have been especially interesting. We have occasionally made the statement that one of the problems atheists face is that they see no purpose in their existence. On the other hand, atheists have responded that their pleasures in life serve as a purpose.”
It’s even more interesting to know that John hasn’t printed a retraction from his lie from the blog post earlier, when he tried to pretend that Ulysses S. Grant wasn’t for the separation of church and state. Alas, atheism is just no belief in god, and it is not futile or not. It just is. Now a worldview might be futile but atheists are all over the place on those.
Our pleasure in life does serve a purpose, but John wants to pretend it can’t. He needs to pretend so in order to make a job for his imaginary god.
“Vladimir Putin recently made a statement published in Time magazine (July 5/July 12, 2021, page 6), “There is no happiness in life. There’s only a mirage on the horizon.” That is a quote from Leo Tolstoy, the Russian Nobel Prize winner in literature. Putin used it concerning the struggles between Russia and the United States. It is interesting that the Russian dictator living in the 21st century would draw on it. But, what did he mean by “happiness?” “
Oh noes, Puty-Pie said something! Whatever shall we do? 😀 I do love conservative Christains who consider Vlad an expert in anything at all. Vlady might be a nihilist; most atheists aren’t. Who cares what Vlady might mean by happiness?
“Happiness and pleasure are two different things. For example, sexual pleasure is not happiness. A biblical example is the rape of Tamar by Amnon in 2 Samuel 13. After he raped Tamar, the passage tells us, “Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred for her was greater than the love by which he had loved her.” Thus, sexual pleasure is not happiness, and neither does having massive amounts of money bring happiness. Unfortunately, the life stories of some of the richest men in the history of America are largely tragic and often ending in suicide.”
Happiness is “a state of well-being and contentment; joy” (MW) and pleasure is” a state of gratification; a source of delight or joy”. So they are related, pleasure leads to happiness.
Of course, John thinks rape is sexual pleasure. He is ignorant and disgusting. So his attempt to claim that sexual pleasure does not lead to happiness fails entirely, and shows him to be a complete asshole.
Money can bring happiness; it just depends what you do with it. So John fails again. Being wealthy doesn’t cause suicide. Being mentally ill causes suicide in most cases. Severe physical pain can cause someone to choose suicide.
“How does an atheist deal with tragedies and illnesses in life? If the things you think will bring happiness are put out of reach by something you cannot control, what do you do? That is when the futility of atheism becomes apparent.”
Atheists deal with tragedies and illnesses in life a lot like other humans do, but we don’t think some god caused it for some mysterious purpose and try to excuse what an asshole *it* is. We know that death happens, accidents happen, some people are evil and cause harm, and the universe doesn’t care if we live or die. So we rely on our own strengths and those of our friends and family. If we can’t do something, then we can choose to do something else.
“On the other hand, Christians find happiness in fulfillment. Contentment is another word that that describes the fulfilled Christian who sees a purpose in life and hope for the future. Feeling God’s Spirit working in you as promised in Acts 2:38 will bring contentment. That is something that atheists cannot fully understand because their belief system does not allow it. — John N. Clayton © 2021”
If this is true, then no Christian would commit suicide and they do commit suicide. Most likely, John will blame the victim since he can’t admit that his god and religion fail. Feeling some god obviously doesn’t bring contentment then.
Most people see purpose and hope in the future; no John or his god needed. Most people are also fairly content, again, no John or his god needed.
Sometimes life sucks, sometimes it doesn’t, it can depend on luck, hard work, and education. Sometimes we have no control over things, sometimes we do. Think things through and plan. It helps.